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San Juan Ranch second-year apprentice Noelle McDonough fixes fencing.

Workshop participants at Goetsch Family Farm learn about orchard management and keyline design. 

Erosion control structure demonstration during a drought resilience workshop at Jemez Pueblo. 

Double the value of your donation

The Paul H. Johanson Fund has made a challenge grant to support Quivira’s 2021 land health workshops, the New Agrarian Program, and our new Tribal Land Stewardship Initiative. They will match donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000. Make a pledge by August 31 to help us meet the challenge!

With your support, we’ll raise $40,000 to build a community of practice in land health; develop a new and growing generation of agricultural producers; and invest in regenerative and reciprocal relationships with tribal partners across the southwest. All of us here at Quivira thank you for your consideration.

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More about what your donation supports

Land Health

Throughout the summer and fall we will lead or collaborate on a variety of educational webinars, virtual workshops, and in-person workshops with topics ranging from soil health to drought planning. Over the winter, we’ll continue to develop land health topics and provide meaningful resources to ranchers, farmers, and conservationists.

With your support, the Quivira community will take action to improve the quality of western rangelands, which includes regenerating soil ecosystems, increasing carbon sequestration, improving surface water conservation, restoring plant and wildlife diversity, and developing appropriate grazing strategies to protect grasslands and their biodiversity. We will do so while meeting the needs of ranchers and farmers.  

Quivira works closely with ranchers in New Mexico and Colorado to plan and implement restoration and monitoring projects. Western rangelands—which comprise grasslands, forests, riparian areas, and a diversity of critical wildlife habitat—are an essential component of the rural West’s ecological, economic, and social fabric. Ranchers play an essential role in the stewardship of these and many other invaluable resources; in rural communities, they are the leaders of collaborative conservation initiatives. When we work on private lands and tribal lands, we endeavor to gather and disseminate critical lessons learned in order to help others achieve and maintain land and watershed health. In this way, each of our land health workshops disseminates regenerative practices within a local community and sends new understanding into the broader region.

New Agrarian Apprenticeships

Quivira’s New Agrarian apprenticeships match beginning ranchers and farmers with mentors who are committed to regenerative agricultural practices and holistic business management. Investment and partnership in this work supports the agrarians who steward working lands and rural communities, and help build leadership for a regenerative future.

The past few years have been an exciting period of growth for the New Agrarian program, which has increased from three more than 30 operations in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and California. Currently, 31 apprentices are enrolled in the program.

In addition to gaining hands-on experience, apprentices will participate in monthly webinars led by NAP staff and featuring instruction by experts on whole ranch and farm planning, financial management, marketing, business planning, land access strategies, soil health, and biological monitoring. Mentors work with their apprentices to make this coursework relevant to daily, hands-on tasks and introduce them to the financial underpinnings of decision making, from basic functions, such as calculating how much to budget for fuel, to more complicated planning processes, such as estimating the long-term business effects of adding new enterprises.

We also continue to enlist mentors for 2022 and beyond, and have added staff as we expand the program in current states and further into Colorado. We are currently working to support Colorado and New Mexico Departments of Agriculture in their Agricultural Workforce Development Programs, and our online mentor training program now includes producers who are considering bringing on apprentices or interns independently of NAP. Along with Career Connection, our semi-annual agricultural job fairs, NAP supports mentors who do not fit neatly into the structured apprenticeship model but who are nevertheless able to offer valuable training opportunities.

NAP’s annual activities are important, but we know that our greatest success extends beyond each apprenticeship season to the legacy we create in the field. NAP graduates have gone on to become successful agrarians, mentors, and leaders in the regenerative agriculture movement.

Tribal Land Stewardship

Established in 2019, Quivira’s Tribal Land Stewardship Initiative (TLSI) works to uphold and strengthen tribal sovereignty and resilience through land, water, and food stewardship. With your support, we look to expand our existing network of reciprocal relationships with tribal partners across the Southwest.

Despite the fact that indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse emissions, indigenous practices and traditions are being severely disrupted and threatened by climate change. Tribes in the Southwest are particularly vulnerable due to issues of land tenure, endangered cultural practices, history, water rights, and socio-economic and political marginalization. Much of the diversity remaining in the world today – biological, ecosystem, landscape, cultural, and linguistic – resides in indigenous territories. To help protect this diversity and to address the injustices experienced by tribal communities across the Southwest, TLSI centers and advocates for the leadership of Indigenous peoples in natural resource management and climate adaptation decision-making. TLSI is guided by the goals, needs, and interests expressed by tribal entities, and seeks to facilitate tribal-to-tribal collaboration. We work to recognize, reaffirm, and restore Indigenous people’s roles as stewards of lands with which they hold ancestral and traditional relationships.

In the next year, TLSI will begin hosting a series of rangeland management workshops requested by the Tri-Pueblo Coalition (Santo Domingo, Cochiti, and Jemez Pueblos), in partnership with Trees, Water & People (TWP). We will also increase our relationship-building with tribal entities across the Southwest through a partnership with New Mexico Tribal Resiliency Action Network and TWP. This partnership will focus on documenting and communicating the impacts of climate change on tribes across the Southwest and Intermountain West as a means of identifying and operationalizing tribal-led strategies to respond to these impacts.